The Dallas Cowboys forgot to yank on their boots for the final game of the 2011 regular season. Instead of kicking Giants butt and two-stepping into the playoffs, they now walk barefoot across the prickly, snake-ridden desert known as Palookaville.
The most disappointing play of the season: New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs scores, runs to the Cowboys star, dances on it, pretends to urinate on it — and the Cowboys do nothing.
Ah, the perfect metaphor for this year’s defense.
Anyhoo, before everybody disappeared into the abyss known as the off season, I made a few calls and got some departing quotes: